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Arabian Peninsula Still Veiled by Airborne Dust

21.9N 45.9E

June 17th, 2013 Category: Dust Storms MODISAqua

Arabian Peninsula – June 17th, 2013

Dust continues to blow about the Arabian Peninsula. Here, it is most concentrated over the southern part of the Red Sea (lower left), Yemen, Oman and the Gulf of Aden (lower right). Some plumes can also been seen blowing southward over the Persian Gulf (upper right).

Dust Storm in Southern Arabian Peninsula

18.6N 50.2E

April 12th, 2013 Category: Dust Storms

Arabian Peninsula – April 7th, 2013

Dust, likely originating in the Rub al’Khali Desert, blows about the southern part of the Arabian Peninsula, particularly over Yemen, Oman and the United Arab Emirates. The Rub’ al Khali, or Empty Quarter, is the largest sand desert in the world, encompassing most of the southern third of the Arabian Peninsula with its 650,000 square kilometres (250,000 sq mi) in area.

The “Empty Quarter” of the Arabian Peninsula

20.4N 45.7E

February 20th, 2013 Category: Deserts

Saudi Arabia – February 19th, 2013

The Rub’ al Khali or Empty Quarter is the largest sand desert in the world, encompassing most of the southern third of the Arabian Peninsula, including most of Saudi Arabia and areas of Oman, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. The desert covers some 650,000 square kilometres (250,000 sq mi).

The desert is 1,000 kilometres (620 mi) long, and 500 kilometres (310 mi) wide. Its surface elevation varies from 800 metres (2,600 ft) in the southwest to around sea level in the northeast. The terrain is covered with sand dunes with heights up to 250 metres (820 ft), interspersed with gravel and gypsum plains.

The sand is a usually reddish-orange color in some areas due to the presence of feldspar. However, here, its sands appear bright whitish tan in color here due to the infrared bands of the sensor used to capture the image.┬áThere are also brackish salt flats in some areas, such as the Umm al Samim area on the desert’s eastern edge.

Dust Plumes Off Socotra Archipelago

12.4N 53.8E

September 15th, 2012 Category: Dust Storms

Socotra Archipelago – August 31st, 2012

Airborne dust shows interested streaked patterns as it blows off the coasts of islands in the Arabian Sea. The largest of these islands is Socotra, off of which two thicker plumes of dust blow. About 65 miles to the southwest is Abd al Kuri, which also shows two parallel dust plumes, albeit significantly thinner. Both islands are part of the Socotra Archipelago and belong to Yemen, although they are geographically closer to the Horn of Africa.

Dust Blowing Off Coasts of Djibouti and Yemen

12.3N 43.1E

August 26th, 2012 Category: Dust Storms

Red Sea – August 23rd, 2012

Dust blows over the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, which are connected by the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait. The dust appears to be funnelled through the strait, with two thicker plumes blowing diagonally to the southeast off the coast of Djibouti (below) and Yemen (above).

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